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Why Writing Is Not a Job

I can still remember the exact moment when I decided to become a writer. It was during my childhood years in Ireland, when I would sit down with a notebook and pen and begin to pour my feelings into words. I had always been a quiet child and had rarely found myself in the situation of having to express myself creatively, so the chance to do so through writing was incredibly exciting. The truth is writing is not a job; it is a passion that you either pursue or avoid.

The Benefits Of Writing

You may be wondering why you should bother pursuing this passion when there are so many other opportunities available for you to work. After all, doesn’t writing take a lot of time? While it certainly does, the time you spend writing is undoubtedly worth it. Here are just a few of the benefits of writing.


One of the things that attracted me to this career right from the start was the freedom it gave me to pursue my creative and writing talents. Even now, as a published author with multiple books under my belt, I still get excited when I receive an email from a literary agent telling me that they have an intriguing new manuscript that needs evaluating. Being a writer is incredibly exciting because it gives you the opportunity to explore and develop your creative side, and the only limitation is your own mind.


Another great thing about writing is that it is a very creative profession. When you sit down to write, you are opening up your mind to possibilities and allowing your imagination to wander. The great thing about this is that you don’t always need to do something tangible to show for your efforts. Although there may be some architects and engineers who can write with as much talent and creativity as any novelist, they usually end up applying their talents to tangible projects such as buildings or bridges.


Writers are always in demand because they have so much to offer the world. Whether you are looking for historical facts about a certain period or figure, or want to write a guide to investing or running your own business, there will always be a need for talented writers. The more you write, the more you will learn, and the more you learn, the more you can write. In a way, it is a bit like learning a language.

A Good Career Choice

More and more people are choosing to write as a career, especially now that the world of publishing is opening up to a wider audience. If you are looking for a career that allows you to explore your creative side while still being able to provide for your family, then writing is a great choice. What’s more is if you can become good at it, you can have the opportunity to write for some of the top publishing houses in the world.

A Steady Income

Although writing is not a commonly-known profession to have a steady income, this misconception needs to be cleared up. Yes, there are many cases where an author makes a decent amount of money from a single book, but income is not determined by the number of books you have written. Instead, it is usually a combination of several factors, including:

  • Your experience and knowledge.
  • The demand for your services.
  • Your writing style.
  • The genre of your work.
  • Your location.

In most cases, income from writing is considered a side-hustle to your primary job, and many authors even make a good living at it. If you are looking to earn a steady income, then consider writing as a possible option.

A Chance To Travel

Another great thing about writing is that it allows you to travel. Whether you choose to do this for work or for pleasure, you have full control over how you spend your time. Many times, an author’s work circumstances will dictate their travel schedule, but as a general rule, you can set your own schedule and go anywhere you want in the world. The opportunity to travel is something that you should not miss out on. Even now, as an established author, I still get the itch to explore and find new places to write about.

An Opportunity To Be Yourself

One of the things I like most about writing is that it gives you the chance to be yourself. When you are finally sitting down to write after a long day at work, it is usually because you can’t help but think of things happening that you want to mention in your story. You are not obligated to write about what other people want from you; you can focus entirely on what you want and need regardless of what others might think or say. This is one of the great things about writing, and why so many successful authors prefer it to other professions.

Hopefully, this has inspired you to give it a go. If so, congratulations! You have just made one of the smartest decisions you will ever make in your life. Writing is not a job – it is a passion that can open up an entire world of opportunities to you.